Identify Your Stressors & Pray

On any given day, I find that I’m anxious about something. It might be the van breaking down. Or a financial woe. Or just worries that I’m doing it all wrong with my kids. Often I don’t know exactly what has me mal a l’aise, but I know there is something in my life or […]

Time for a Nice, Cool Cup of Grace

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Recently, my eight-year spent a day of struggling. I don’t even remember what the struggles were. I just remember he growled a few times. He might have given the ugly look to each and every one of his siblings. It was clear he was frustrated. When he punched out the window screen, I knew we […]

Happy People

Happy people are fun to be with. How can I be one of them? We have this interesting dynamic going on at our house. Some of my kids are really into laughing, clapping, humming, dancing. Others? Not so much. Recently, an older sibling was shushing a younger one for expressing that joie de vivre. I […]

He can calm any storm.

Image by Kevin Dooley under Creative Commons license I was reading in Matthew this week about the disciples in the boat in the storm: Then he got into the boat and his disciples followed him. Suddenly a furious storm came up on the lake, so that the waves swept over the boat. But Jesus was […]

A Confession

I confess, Lord, that I have nitpicked my children. Oh yes, I have. In the name of wanting to teach them the right way to go, I’ve discouraged them. One sighs, “I can’t do anything right.” And my heart tears in two. Please change me. Please forgive me. Please use my words to build them […]

Who Sets You Free?

The following was originally published on July 4, 2011. Photo Source: Michael Caven I love the country that we live in. I love the principles that the Founding Fathers set forth: life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. I love that there have been men and women willing to fight for those freedoms, whether physically […]

Flight Plans May Be Delayed

We can make the best plans in the world, and the experience can still be fraught with complications and challenges. What then? A couple weeks ago I flew across the country to spend a weekend talking, laughing, and brainstorming about life with some blogging friends. I had a chance to tour Colonial Williamsburg, meet one […]

Keep Your Eyes on the Prize

Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will […]